Controversy Of Sex Changes And The Rights Of Transgenders

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The Controversy of Sex Changes and the Rights of Transgenders
What defines our gender? Is it the fact that we were born with certain genitals? Or that our parents dressed us in pink or blue? Is our gender defined by the toys we played with as children and the interests we had as young adults? While most of us identify as the gender we were born as, over one million people in the US alone admit to being transgender.
Transgender is ‘an umbrella term that refers to those with identities that cross over, move between,or otherwise challenge the socially constructed border between the genders. While this can include medical or social transition, it may not.’ There is a difference between transgenders and transsexuals. Transsexuals do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth and wish to ‘correct’ their gender through the use of medical intervention. These two terms however, are nearly synonymous in our culture and we tend to refer to people who wish to live as a different gender than the one they were assigned when they were born as transgenders, since the term is broader and more recognizable.
Many transgenders go through gender reassignment surgery, also known a ‘sex change’- a series of medical procedures that includes hormone therapy and actual genital transformation surgery. The procedures are extensive and taxing and, not to mention, very expensive. The cost for male to female reassignment is usually $7,000 to $24,000, while the cost for female to male
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